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Thread: purchasing tablet

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Sep 2015

    purchasing tablet

    I'd like to run desktop Ubuntu on a broadly A4-sized modern touchscreen tablet, either alongside one of those battery-powered SIM card based routers for Internet access, or else using the tablet's own built-in SIM card based Internet connection. I'm hoping I could use Firefox, Thunderbird, Google Earth, Leafpad, Gimp, and some form of access to Microsoft Office, PDF etc formats. General idea is to allow an old timer like me to generally get on with things, when out and about waiting for the wife & kids, sat on my own for hours in the car.

    What tablet should I buy? If there's something that doesn't initially come with Ubuntu preloaded, that's okay, as long as it's relatively easy to wipe what's on there and replace it with Ubuntu (or maybe Lubuntu)

    I'm hoping to avoid buying something that is completely unsuitable for trying to load Ubuntu onto.

    Thanks for any pointers.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Norwich CT
    Ubuntu Mate

    Re: purchasing tablet

    A quick Google search turned up recommended tablets:

    And a way to install Linux on an Android tablet:

    I drink my Ubuntu black, no sugar.
    Ubuntu user 28819

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Dec 2017

    Re: purchasing tablet

    I have yet to make a purchase but I been watching the prices on a ThinkPad X1 Tablet. They have excellent reviews, can come with i5 or i7 processors, 8G of ram which would let me run Linux as a virtual Machine.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Aug 2017

    Re: purchasing tablet

    You will pay more, but I **love** my System76 Gazelle. What are you paying for?

    - Stellar support
    - Configured for Ubuntu or their own POP! OS out of the box
    - The only company I found that has financing as part of the purchase
    - Basically Chinese produced hardware, but the company itself is based out of Colorado


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